Simon & Schuster
On Sale: December 4, 2018
Trade Size / e-Book (reprint)
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A romantic historical novel from the #1 New York Times
bestselling author of Seeing Red about an
independent woman who runs a boarding house in Dust Bowl Texas.
Ella Baron runs her Texas boarding house with the efficiency
of a ship’s captain and the grace of a gentlewoman. She
cooks, cleans, launders, and cares for her ten-year-old son,
Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose busy behavior and
failure to speak elicits undesired advice from others in
town. Ella’s plate is full from sunup to sundown. When a
room in her boarding house opens up, the respected town
doctor brings Ella a new boarder―the handsome and gallant
Mr. David Rainwater—but Ella is immediately resistant to
opening up her home to this mysterious stranger.
Even with assurances that Mr. Rainwater is a man of
impeccable character, a former cotton broker and a victim of
the Great Depression, Ella stiffens at the thought of taking
him in. Dr. Kincaid tells Ella in confidence that Mr.
Rainwater won’t require the room for long: he is dying.
Begrudgingly, Ella accepts Mr. Rainwater’s application to
board, but she knows that something is happening; she is
being swept along by an unusual series of events. Soon, this
strong-minded, independent woman will realize that the
living that she has eked out for herself in the small bubble
of her town is about to change, whether she likes it or not...
Racial tensions, the financial strain of livelihoods in
cotton drying up into dust, and the threat of political
instability swirl together into a tornado on the horizon.
One thing is certain: the winds of change are blowing all
over Texas—and through the cracks in the life that Ella
Barron has painstakingly built. This is the story of a woman
who takes her life’s circumstances in both hands, but who
will be forced to reckon with the chaos of her historical
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